‘Why travel?’ someone once asked me. ‘These days, you just have to turn on your computer, and you can ‘be’ anywhere you want, without moving from your chair’
I’d disagree. You have five senses; if you see a picture, you only use one of them. If you watch a video, you’ll use two … and that’s it. Touch, taste and smell go unused … although, in the case of ‘smell’, it’s sometimes a good idea.
Maybe, if you have a vivid imagination, I could show you a picture of a juicy steak, or something, and you might say you can just about taste it. But, only ‘just about’.
I’m trying to avoid the phrase ‘My words and pictures can do it no justice. You have to be there’ because it’s becoming almost a personal cliché. Although, even if you go there, you’ll sometimes find that not all senses are brought into play. But, if they do, you’ll never forget it.
Even though our trip to Jordan happened 15 years ago, I still have memories of that night we camped in Wadi Rum. The starlit sky; the murmur of prayers from the Bedouin party camped nearby; the lamb kebabs and the coffee, cooked by our guide on a fire of fragrant juniper twigs, and the feel of the sand.
That last, I could have done without; to sleep on, it’s damn’ hard!
This week’s contribution the the Travel Theme. More at http://wheresmybackpack.com/2016/03/25/travel-theme-sensory/